IntelBX80646I54690
IntelBX8071512600K

4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.5GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q2 2014.

10 Cores, 16 Threads @3.7GHz, Alder Lake.
Release date: Q4 2021.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 175,258 user samples
73,695 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 77% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 50% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 50% Great: 77%
SPEED RANK: 467th / 1452
Gaming
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 50%
Yacht
101,563 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 117% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 100% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 100% Great: 117%
SPEED RANK: 50th / 1452
Gaming
Gaming 109%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 110%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 111%
UFO
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
67.1 % 109 % Much faster effective speed.
+62%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
81.1 Pts +1% 80 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Speed
96.1 Pts 194 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
+102%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Speed
189 Pts 382 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
+102%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Speed
306 Pts 736 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+141%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Speed
324 Pts 1223 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+277%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
93.2 Pts +2% 91.1 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Speed
106 Pts 207 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
+95%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Speed
209 Pts 416 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
+99%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Speed
382 Pts 813 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
+113%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Speed
387 Pts 1367 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+253%
Market Share
Based on 68,075,002 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.09 % 0.95 % Hugely higher market share.
+956%
Value
Value For Money
107 % 126 % Better value.
+18%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 98 % Much more popular.
+78%
Price
Price (score)
$51 Much cheaper.
+69%
$164
Age
Newest
121 Months 31 Months Much more recent.
+74%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
84 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+33%
125 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 10 cores Hugely higher core count.
+150%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 16 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+300%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 10 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+55%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz Slightly faster base frequency.
+6%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.9 GHz 4.9 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+26%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Speed
388 Pts 1926 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+396%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Speed
327 Pts 1743 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+433%
Series
CPU Architecture
Haswell Alder Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1150 FCLGA1700
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 4600 UHD 770
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The Core i5-4690 is Intel's latest and greatest locked Core-i5. This CPU will suit serious gamers that don't plan on overclocking. The 4690 replaces the 4670 and shares exactly the same specs aside from base and turbo clock bumps of 100 MHz. The 100 MHz clock bump results in barely noticeable real world performance improvements and, if anything, makes the older 4670 more attractive as suppliers reduce prices to try to clear stocks. For regular desktop use such as email, surfing, and listening to music, this CPU is overkill and there is far better value amongst lower powered and significantly cheaper CPUs but for gamers and moderate power users the 4690 is a good locked option. [Jun '14 CPUPro]

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Intel’s latest 10-core i5-12600K Alder Lake desktop processor offers an impressive 50% 64-core performance improvement over it's predecessor. The 12600K combines six hyper-threaded Golden Cove P-cores with clock speeds up to 4.9 GHz and four energy efficient Gracemont E-cores for a total of 16 threads. Alder Lake CPUs have a new LGA 1700 socket which requires new cooler brackets and a new Z690 motherboard. Z690 brings several new features including PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory. Most Z690 boards will ship in both DDR4 and DDR5 variants. DDR4 is likely the better option, at least until DDR5 prices settle. With an MRSP of just $290 USD, the 12600K is both cheaper and faster than the competition in both single and, notably, multi-core performance. As a result, even AMD's prolific marketing infrastructure (youtube, reddit, forums etc.) will struggle to drive sales, at least until Zen 4 launches (est. late 2022). In the meantime, Intel's i5-12600K is the obvious choice for consumers that do not wish to pay over the odds for almost unparalleled performance in the majority of workloads including gaming. That said, gamers that already own a K series CPU from the 8th gen. or higher will see limited gains in the majority of titles when paired with a 3060 (or lower) tier GPU. In some cases (e.g. PUBG or Overwatch) gamers will see fewer frame drops by disabling the E-Cores all together. If recent history is a guide, stock levels at MSRP are likely to deplete rapidly. [Nov '21 CPUPro]

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